How To Get Cheap Food In New York?

How To Get Cheap Food In New York?

New York City is often considered to be one of the most expensive cities in America. But if you know where and how to look, it doesn’t cost much at all! Many foods that make NYC famous – like pizza, hot dogs or classic deli fare – are also some of its cheapest options so there’s no reason to spend a fortune on food when other delicious meals can easily fill your stomach for less money than expected.

Here are some places where you can find affordable food in New York city,


A cheesy slice of Joe’s Pizza, with a single topping for $4 will have you feeling satisfied and full. Since 1975 they’ve been dishing out delicious pizza to NYU students in the West Village area- it all started here.


NY Dosas has been featured in just about every NYC magazine and newspaper so he’s always busy. A vegan dosa (Indian crepe) costs $8-$9 each, while Indian snacks like vadas are only $3 for three little doughnuts dipped in sugar.


Lil Zeus is a popular Midtown Manhattan food truck that can be found during lunch time. The gyros and platters are what most people order, with prices ranging from $9-$11.


In a sea of food carts in Midtown Manhattan, Halal Guys is one the most famous (and delicious) with their gyros platters. It’s always crowded and you’ll find long lines on any given night for this tasty treat! A regular one costs about $9- it’s plenty filling too so if your stomach isn’t feeling amazing after all that exploring town then come here to nurse them back into shape…or at least enjoy some nice weather while noshing away.


Bánh Mì Saigon is a tiny, bare-bones takeaway joint that serves up classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches priced around $6-$8. They’ve been around since 1989 so they’re considered one of the neighborhood favorites in town for those looking to get their hands on some authentic cuisine from home with minimal fuss and low prices.


The Shake Shack is a well-known fast-food burger restaurant in New York City. You can find them all over the city, with 20+ locations to serve you! The most popular item on their menu has got to be the ShackBurger and it costs about $10-$12 USD for one meal including fries (or salad).


The best hot dog in New York is Gray’s Papaya. It’s a proud tradition with decades of history behind it, and for good reason, because their dogs are unbeatable at $7 per order (two plus drinks).


Crif Dogs is the place to go for a crazy variety of hotdogs with tons of topping options. From their $4-$7 delicious beef franks, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste buds.

New York City is a city of eight million people, and if you break away from the tourists it won’t take long to find some delicious restaurants. There’s plenty in this metropolis for everyone – even those on tight budgets!

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Scott is the editor-in-chief of Spice Market New York. He is also an author and publisher of his own craft.